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As if DTLA couldn’t get any cooler….

When it was announced in 2014 that the Sydell Group was taking their Freehand hostel-hotel brand to Downtown Los Angeles, opening inside the historic Commercial Exchange Building, a Broken Shaker cocktail bar was not actually guaranteed. Which seemed impossible since Freehand and Broken Shaker, an immensely popular bar (and rightfully so) that opened its first outpost in the first Freehand outpost in Miami, go together like tequila and lime. Indeed, this past summer when the second Freehand hotel opened in Chicago, Broken Shaker opened right alongside it. But for LA, a Broken Shaker was never a sure thing. Until now.

The LA Times reports that Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi of Bar Lab will open their West Coast Broken Shaker outpost on the rooftop of Freehand DTLA, next to the pool. [Insert clapping hands emoji + praying hands emoji + drunk face emoji here.] Orta and Zvi told Eater LA that while their food menu will be similar to the one in Miami, the drinks menu should be entirely different. We’re already fantasizing about their tequila drinks.


The Freehand will also get an Israeli restaurant from kickass Portland chef Jenn Louis, she of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern fame, as well as the author of the cookbook, “Pasta by Hand.” Both the 100-room Freehand and its rad F&B concepts should open by this fall.

And don’t forget, also coming to DTLA before 2016 is out is a Dazzler, an Esplendor, a Hotel Indigo, and a NoMad Hotel.

[Photo: Broken Shaker Miami]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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